Playing with Fire Dinner SeriesFeaturing Chef Ronnie Schwandt & Green Flash Brewing Co.September 12, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Chef Ronnie Schwandt from Verbena Kitchen will show off his talents during a collaborative dinner with The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ venerable Executive Chef Kelli Crosson. Hosted on The Grill’s patio overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course, every event includes selections of various proteins and seasonal sides cooked over a wood-burning fire. Guests will also enjoy pours from this event's featured local brewery Green Flash Brewing Co.

$95 per person (+ tax)

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About Chef Ronnie Schwandt

With a desire to showcase his commitment to seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients and utilize some of his favorite techniques including house-made mustards, pickling and fermentation, South Park resident Chef Ronnie Schwandt is thrilled to be at the helm of Verbena Kitchen. The native San Diegan, who attended The San Diego Culinary Institute, began his training at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar and spent several years cooking in Coronado where he started as a sous chef at Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge. His decade of hard work with Blue Bridge Hospitality Group eventually led him to earn the title of Executive Chef of both Maretalia Restaurant and Leroy’s. Most recently, Schwandt worked with the Trust Restaurant Group. Schwandt draws inspiration from family and of course, his mentors, Tim Kolanko (Urban Restaurant Group’s Executive Chef) and Gregory Chavez (Wine Vault + Bistro). Chef hopes Verbena will encourage more chef-focused projects to open in North Park.

Playing with Fire Dinner Menu


This Playing with Fire dinner event features a curated multi-course menu by Guest Chef Ronnie Schwandt and Executive Chef Kelli Crosson. Look forward to wood-fired proteins, seasonal sides, and a delicious dessert as well as beer from a local brewery.

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